Hamilton fined for Australian street stunt

Lewis Hamilton has been fined five hundred Australian Dollars (£288) for ‘hooning’ during this year’s Australian Grand Prix weekend.

The McLaren driver was stopped by police on the Friday of the event, after performing a burnout whilst leaving the Albert Park Circuit.

Although the 25-year-old did not attend the Melbourne hearing his lawyer, Sandip Mukerjea, pleaded guilty on behalf of his client for the improper use of a motor vehicle.

Autosport.com has revealed that the British driver also sent a letter to the court, apologising for his actions.

“I very much regret my momentary lapse of judgement. I accepted responsibility to the officer who first questioned me and I confirmed that what I did was wrong. I apologised publicly at the time and I unhesitatingly repeat that apology to the Court now.

“I fully accept that I am a public figure and I consider that I have a duty to act as a role model to youngsters, particularly in relation to road safety matters. The publicity caused by this incident was immense, and that in itself has been a form of punishment for me.”